Most Helpful Review
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We like the way it integrates with our environment. These features help us use multiple soft applications. The new features of going off the grid and replicating really help us. They give us an advantage versus traditional storage resources.
It is easy to scale, maintain, and manage.
They have a Unity REST API that I use to automate some of the storage stuff. I'm just getting started with it, but it seems pretty easy to use.
It has saved us time when provisioning new storage, so we're trying to automate that process.
Compared to our old platform, everything is more tightly integrated. I don't have to go to different sections to do something. A lot of it is wizard-driven, so it's an easy to use system.
Integration; We use the product with VMware, and also use it with Syft for home directory and departmental shares.
Purchasing; We worked with a sales rep to purchase our Unity.
They've integrated NAS and SAN pretty well. It made replication very simple. Because one of our systems has a lot of LANs, for it to replicate we have Consistency Groups in there. That's something that is really helpful, making sure that everything is working not just for replication but for backups as well.
Data is stored in two different places, leveraging more security and availability. Therefore, network problems are having less affect on iSCSI.
Simplicity of not having to buy FC or FCoE SAN. Instead, we buy servers with their own storage.
The seamlessness behind the scenes of block management.
Thin provisioning lets us get the most value from the hard drives.
I guess on the top of the list is certainly ease of use.
StoreVirtual is that it is our software-defined solution and it's everywhere.
he interface and the installation makes it easy as it's all in one piece of hardware and it doesn't need to be connected to anything else.
The network RAID feature gives us maximum availability, since we cannot afford any downtime, even for a second.
We would like an AI feature that would protect the backup and minimize the consumed space so we can maintain the quality of the backup. This would help us minimize our IT cost in terms of the backup procedures.
The support portal needs fixing. Accessing a service request on the support portal seems to be a bit difficult, as opposed to just calling the 800 number.
Dell EMC Unity's competitor, NetApp, has a similar product. However, it has a clustering technology where you can group multiple systems together, then you can move data from one system to another seamlessly. I would like the Unity to do that.
It would be nice to have been able to easily move off our old VNX system to this system. The process is very manual.
The iSCSI and the VMware integation using vSphere could be less confusing.
It needs deduplication. We'd like to have the dedupe capabilities in the Unity.
There are a lot of things that can be done with it. It's got Cloud IQ, but I think it's not as mature as it could be, they could make it more effective. They could make it more comparable to some of the other products out there that have cloud analytics. The amount of insight that the Unity product is able to give, at this point, is okay, but not class-leading. Some of the other data-reduction technologies, like deduplication, are not to the level of other competitors and what their products provide.
I don't know where the hybrid cloud might be going or what connectivity there is between what was recently released as far as AWS and being able to manage both of them. Maybe there is an on-prem and an AWS instance in the same window, like a single pane, but I would like to see something along those lines, where there wouldn't be two locations to manage storage.
Product looks like it is in the end of development.
Configuration of application integrated snapshots for VMware is convoluted and it did not work immediately.
it would nice to have deduplication or compression, things that you have in some of the higher end products.
f you're doing the 10Gb adapters, SFPs don't come with it, but it doesn't say that. It might say that somewhere else, but it's not clear.
It would be nice if there were more parts available in Brazil and HPE could swap out faulty equipment quicker.
The penalty for the availability is performance. So, you have to balance or choose between the availability and the performance.
Pricing and Cost Advice
Go with the virtual appliance versus the hardware.
Licensing is fine. We worked with a sales rep to purchase our Unity.
The pricing is reasonable. We're using the Flex on Demand pricing. It's really good for us when we pay for what we use. It made it easy to get it inside since it's an OpEx and instead of CapEx expense.
Currently, we buy directly from Dell EMC. We've tried going through resellers before, but we've found that if we go directly through Dell EMC, we get a good a price from being with the government.
The pricing is competitive. We miss some of the feature functionality that we had with the XtremeIOs but it's certainly suitable for the purpose.
In the SQL Server instances in our data warehouse, we immediately saw a great return on investment.
Licensing is a little bit confusing. Going through everything with them, there are a lot of line items to go over. Every single thing is broken down into a line item, and it starts to get really confusing in terms of what we're actually purchasing when it comes to the product.
The ROI is right where we need it to be. It's a reasonably priced array.
Licensing is not exactly straightforward, but not the worst I have ever seen.
If you buy a five-year license, not only does the technical support expire after five years, but you also lose the ability to change and expand the VSA, and the systems won't go down.
One of the key features about it is that when you buy either a VSA license or a StoreVirtual appliance, all your software's included.
The prices are OK, so we don't have much difficulty selling HPE in Brazil.
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Also Known As
|EMC Unity||HPE StoreVirtual, HPE VSA|
|Dell EMC||Hewlett Packard Enterprise|
Dell EMC Unity, powered by Intel Xeon processors, delivers the ultimate in simplicity and value, enabling your organization to speed deployment, streamline management and seamlessly tier storage to the cloud.
Dell EMC Unity’s All-Flash and Hybrid Flash storage platforms optimize SSD performance and efficiency, with fully integrated SAN and NAS capabilities. Cloud-based storage analytics and proactive support keep you available and connected.
HPE StoreVirtual storage ensures that organisations can optimise the benefits of server virtualisation with cost-effective high availability and disaster recovery. The iSCSI-based, scale-out storage platform is easy to manage and change – meeting ongoing business demands without creating IT bottlenecks or application downtime. Overcoming the cost and management limitations of traditional storage area networks (SANs), HPE StoreVirtual nodes use storage clustering to form a single pool of resources that enable organisations to buy only what they need today, scaling non-disruptively to meet requirements in the future.
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